Fashion on the Hill, a live runway fashion show, will be presented by fashion design students from Burlington High School on Tuesday, May 31, at 11:00 am, in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House. Hosted by Massachusetts State Representative Kenneth Gordon (Bedford, Burlington, Wilmington), the event is the first of its kind at the State House, designed to highlight the impact the arts have in public schools.
Burlington is one of just a handful of public high schools in the state who offer a fashion design course in its art department. The program provides a progressive study of clothing construction for its student designers. Throughout the year the young men and women gain a broad understanding of construction techniques and utilize methods including traditional pattern design, hand and machine stitching, cutting and gluing.
Fashion on the Hill will showcase the creations of 18 students and 3 alumni from the Burlington High School art department who have chosen the fashion design elective. Art students will model the apparel and will also provide the running commentary.
The runway show will also feature unique pieces of adaptive clothing for students who have physical disabilities and/or global developmental delays. These designs were created for students in the LABBB program at Burlington High School, an educational program that helps students with special needs reach their full potential. LABBB students will have the opportunity to model these creative designs.
To further enhance the impact of the arts in public schools, an exhibit of 2-D artwork will take place simultaneously in the Great Hall, highlighting works of other talented Burlington High School art students. A meet and greet reception with the designers, artists and their instructors will take place following the runway show.
Fashion on the Hill is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to StateHouseFashion@gmail.com.
Christina Chang teaches art and design to students in grades 9-12.